I don’t open films the same way that Shakespeare opened plays. The first shots in Dara Says contain no words. It opens with a series of actions, and in the first couple of minutes there are fewer than ten words spoken.
We created a draft of the opening for the crowdfunding campaign. Here’s the video of the first few minutes from that campaign.
The script for the final film was identical, but we used different music and paced things differently.
I wrote the screenplay thinking that “film is a visual medium”, but a lot of story is told through the dialogue, tones of voice and other sounds. Film is an audio-visual medium. Continue reading How to Open a Play
It started as a story on the Hokusai Manga, for the 1812 timeline, and it turned to the study of an inconvenient truth.
Okay, some writers are billionaires. I’m ready for your list of best selling authors and other freaks. A lot of Hollywood’s top producers started as writers, or at least a few of the top CEOs have degrees in subjects like literature and English.
But history tells us that these successes are freak. And that’s where 1812 comes into all this.
You know Manga? No, not the fruit from India, the art from Japan. Yeah, out East somewhere. Well, apparently the “Mangas”, or Hokusai Manga, a series of historic cartoons, were started in 1812. They weren’t published until two years later, but hey.